Tag Archive | forever God

Exodus 6:1 ” Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of My mighty hand he will let them go; because of My mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.’ “

We look at the chaos today and we think the world is totally out of control.  But Proverbs 21:1 reminds us, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord;  He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.”  Pharaoh foolishly thought he was the most powerful man in the world…arrogantly thinking that no one could usurp his authority.  But Pharaoh wasn’t aware that the Lord was directing him and that he was just a pawn in God’s bigger picture.  For God tells Moses in Exodus 7:3, “But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart…”   And in Romans 9: 17 Paul goes on to explain, “For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: ‘ I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display My power in you and that My name might be proclaimed in all the earth.’ ”   So as we see the turmoil around us,  we need to remember that the mighty hand of the Lord hasn’t changed…He still rules and reigns over all…He’s still in control.

Hebrews 3:4 ” For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.”

We’ve spent several days constructing a retaining wall in the back yard…and I don’t mind saying that strenuous manual labor in the oppressive heat of a Illinois Summer is hard!  But now that it’s done, it was well worth all the sweat.  Genesis 1:1 tells us that, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”   Where we had cement pavers to build with,  God called the universe into being…creating everything we see, smell, and hear out of nothing.  For He is the author and architect of it all…bringing into existence that which was not.

Job 5:17 “Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.”

I can still remember one of my Nursing Supervisors in college.  She would stand outside the patient’s room with you asking a million questions about the procedure you were about to carry out.  Did you have everything you needed and  were you well versed in what you were about to do.  But right before you both walked into the room she’d say, “I will only stop you if you are potentially going to hurt the patient.”  It was always said in a quiet, soft voice, but boy did it pack a wallop!  Luckily, she never said a word during any of my procedures, and I gained a wealth of  knowledge from that uncompromising woman.  The Lord is the same way, His discipline is to educate us, not hurt us.  It’s only when we reject and turn away from His correction that we suffer.

I Thessalonians 4:1 ” Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.”

It would be easy if living a Godly life was a once and done…or if we could somehow attain “Christian perfection.”   Unfortunately, our walk is a lifelong  journey…our race is a marathon not a sprint. What we learn one day…we apply to the next…and slowly we’re changed…day by day.

Nehemiah 6: 15-16 ” So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God. “

In only 52 days the wall around Jerusalem was rebuilt, securing it from enemy attack.  Despite everything their enemies attempted to do to dissuade and intimidate them, the wall was made strong.  In less than 2 months time,  the people of Jerusalem had done something of super-human ability… and their enemies realized this.  Nothing will ever stand in the way of God’s plan…not people…not circumstances…not anything.  And this will render the enemy fearful and  in awe of God’s great power.

Psalm 40:5 ” Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders You have done. The things You planned for us no one can recount to You; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.”

I think when I get to Heaven, the Lord will show me a little slide show.  The theme will be – all the countless times He has intervened on my behalf,  saving me from  dangerous situations, and even sparing my life.  I don’t think our mind can even grasp how often God has rescued  us from ourselves and our dumb thinking.  When that slide show is over, I will then finally come to realize the enormity of His work in my life…how unaware I was about most of it…and I will love Him even more.

Psalm 119: 89 ” Your Word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens…”

To paraphrase Isaiah 51:6…the heavens will vanish, and the earth will wear out – but My salvation will last forever, My righteousness will never fail.  The Lord is everlasting and forever…His authority supersedes all that we know and see.  His dominion will never end….His love for you will never cease.